About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. In what is an exciting period of growth, our Exec Team needs the highest quality support to allow them to deliver our ambitions. As an Executive Assistant, you’ll be the person who makes their complicated lives, less so. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too. 

As the leaders of our business, our Exec Team have many demands on their time. As you gain a thorough understanding of the operation and their needs, you’ll deliver the kind of personal and administrative assistance that allows them to perform at their best. Forging a close relationship with the director you’re working with is essential. It will allow you to interpret and anticipate priorities, run their calendar, set up systems to suit their objectives and facilitate prompt decision-making. Liaising with people internally and externally at all levels to co-ordinate activity on behalf of your director will be the norm. As will preparing presentations, carrying out research, compiling management information and summarising information where needed. You work alongside other executive assistants, and take responsibility for the overall smooth-running of the office as a team. Nothing is too much effort. Everything is delivered to the highest standards, on time. 

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working and  strive to offer a great work life balance.
About You
You have significant experience of handling exec-level director’s affairs. Able to anticipate needs, take the initiative and make sound judgement calls, you’re incredibly organised, calm, discreet, and diplomatic tooAlong with excellent IT and communication skills, you’re always willing to go the extra distance to deliver. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need
 
Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

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